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Going on a TREK

What is the definition of trek?

  • a long arduous journey, especially one made on foot
  • go on a long arduous journey, typically on foot

Why did the Israelites follow a cloud through the wilderness? What the heck does washing someone’s feet have to do with being a Christian servant?  What does being a follower of Christ even mean?  These are the questions we are excited to explore this summer as we TREK with Christ using the mnemonic FAST.

F – Follow  We’re going to discuss examples of the Israelites faithfully following God, and the disciples sometimes struggling to follow Jesus.  Is it easy to follow?

A – Abide  “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.”  What does abide even mean and what does it tell us about the relationships we have?

S – Serve Jesus gave us some pretty poignant examples about what it means to be a servant.  How can we live this out in our lives?

T – Trust “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Have you ever had doubts?  Had your trust broken? Felt alone?  We’re going to discuss how the disciples might have felt this way, but also the ways that God overcomes all doubts to allow us to live fully.

It’s going to be a great summer.  Don’t miss it.

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Characteristics of an Asbury Hills Must Hire Staff Member

Because we know that having the right people on staff can make all the difference to a summer camper at Asbury Hills, we spend a great deal of time searching for, interviewing, and training the very best. Here are some characteristics we look for in our summer staff:

  1. Growing in his/her relationship with Christ
    In order to help others grow in their relationship with Christ, a staff member must first be growing in their own relationship. We believe that a growing relationship is the first sign of a person who is ready to be a staff member at Asbury Hills.

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  2. Leadership abilities
    Every position at a summer camp is a leadership position. A staff member is either a leader of campers as a counselor or recreation staff member, leader of worship in a band or camp pastor role, a leader of staff as a coordinator, or a leader of meals as a kitchen staff member. Having the ability to lead is essential to being a great staff member.

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  3. Servant heart
    On the flip side of leading, we also need those with a true willingness to serve. Summer camp is great, but there are less glamorous moments. Occasionally a camper gets sick in the middle of the night, and it needs to be cleaned up.  Or a group finishes late at on the canopy tour, and it’s all hands on deck to get their home-in-woods set up. Having someone who realizes that every moment can be a ministry moment can make all the difference.

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  4. Team player
    The summer, we will hire around 70 summer staff members. These staff members not only will work together for the summer, but they will also live and worship together in Christian community. In order to have achieve this Christian environment, having staff members who are team players and realize that it is all about serving Christ instead of serving themselves is critical.

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Does this sound like you or someone you know? Check us out and apply today!

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Thin Places

Last night marked the [almost] end to staff training with worship, communion, and staff commissioning.  It was a great night for many reasons, one of which being the reminder of the thin places.

1-DSC_4368thin place: those rare locals where the distance between heaven and earth collapses

Moses received the ten commandments on the top of the mountain. Jesus frequently went to the top of the mountain to pray.  Ancient churches were frequently built as high a possible on a hill or mountain.  Thin places.

paigerailey-42-3There is something about being in nature, particularly on a mountain, that allows you to feel God’s presence.  Are you physically closer to heaven? Probably not.  But thin places require struggle.  Thin places mean giving up control.  Thin places mean surrendering ourselves so that we may more fully experience God.

1-DSC_3991 I believe Asbury Hills is one of those places.  One of those places where God seems just a little bit more available. personable. present.

paigerailey-46-3We are on pace for 1100 campers to gather at Asbury Hills this summer.  Welcome.  Be ready to meet God.

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Letting Your Camper [almost] Pack Themselves

by Sarah Kelley

We are a little more than five weeks out from the start of summer camp.  This means we are beginning to see the full spectrum of packing styles.  There are one or two campers who are so excited to come to camp, they are already mostly packed.  Their favorite, old T-shirt and creek shoes are already stowed away carefully in their trunk.  There are also moms who have the packing list tacked up on a fridge or board with items still needed highlighted to be picked up on future shopping trips.  There are also moms (like me) who typically start doing laundry the day before leaving for a trip and haven’t even thought about packing for camp yet.  Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of planning and packing, here are three reasons why your campers should be included in the packing process.

DSCN34311. They will know what they have, and when they should wear it.
Bought a special pair of shoes for water activities? Want your nine-year-old son to know where his extra underwear is?  Does your daughter have a pair of pants that would be great for a long hike but terrible for tree climbing?  Packing with your camper is a great time to have these conversations in a way they will be more likely to remember what they are supposed to wear when (and yes, please change your underwear daily).

DSCN35692. Begin developing confidence before camp even begins.
Summer camp at Asbury Hills is a great place for campers to explore and worship in God’s creation, try new things, make new friends, and more.  All of these things help campers develop confidence in who they are and what they can do.  If your child has never had to pack for a trip before, this is a great way to begin developing confidence in new skills.  Give them the list, and have them begin to pick out their clothes, towels, and shampoo. (While being there to be sure that her brand new glittery boots don’t get packed, but things like her toothbrush do.)

DSCN36393. They will be able to pack their stuff back up at the end of the week.
Being a former camp counselor myself, this may actually the most important reason to let your campers pack themselves for camp.  Most moms and dads I know have packing down to an art form.  If you fold the sheets in thirds before rolling them, socks go in the ziploc bag, outfits are folded together with the t-shirt on top – it leaves just enough room to slide the Bible in before zipping the bag up.  The problem with this is, mom and dad won’t be there on Friday to pack everything back up.  So what typically happen is one of two things.  The counselor in the cabin ends up packing everyone’s bags which takes infinitely more time OR extra items that no longer fit inside the allocated suitcase get stuffed in pillowcases, backpacks, etc.  If your campers packs themselves before camp begins, it greatly increases the likelihood they will be able to pack themselves back up to come home. And bonus points – it also increases the likelihood your stuff won’t end up here.

DSCN3635HAPPY PACKING!  SEE YOU SOON AT ASBURY HILLS!

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Twelve Days of AH Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my parents gave to me…a week of camp at Asbury!

week of campOn the second day of Christmas, my parents gave to me two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the third day of Christmas, my parents gave to me three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the fourth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me four hiking books, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the fifth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

DSCN2295On the sixth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me six worship leaders, five campfires …four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the seventh day of Christmas, my parents gave to me seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

lifeguardOn the eighth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the ninth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

canoeingOn the tenth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me ten crafters crafting, nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my parents gave to me eleven archers aiming, ten crafters crafting, nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me twelve camp counselors, eleven archers aiming, ten crafters crafting, nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

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Where Do Asbury Hills Campers Come From?

We are getting excited about Summer Camp 2015 at Asbury Hills, but you may be surprised to learn that campers travel to Asbury Hills from further away than you think.

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Christian Birth, Growth, & Renewal

We are in full planning mode at Asbury Hills. The 2015 budget has been finalized. The site is humming each weekend with retreat groups worshiping, fellowshipping, and having a blast! Details for Summer Camp 2015 are coming together and on-line registration is being set up. Part of planning for us is refocusing on our mission. What is the purpose of Asbury Hills?

Our mission is to serve all people for Christian birth, growth, and renewal. But what exactly does this mean?

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Christian Birth:
Because if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. –Romans 10:9

We desire for people to know Jesus Christ. Admittedly, most of our summer campers and retreat guests come from a church background. They do know Jesus Christ. But many do not. We want anyone who steps onto the property of Asbury Hills – whether it be a retreat guest, summer camper, hiker, person making a delivery, or simply someone who got lost in the mountains – to be able to encounter the living God.

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Christian Growth:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything. –John 15:5

We desire for people to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. As mentioned before, most of our guests do know Jesus Christ. But we also believe that faith is a journey, and part of this journey is to become more and more like Jesus. The staff at Asbury Hills seeks to provide an atmosphere that enables people to abide in Jesus Christ. This may be intentionally through a summer camp worship service or staff led devotion. It may also be something as small as trail maintenance to allow guests to hike and experience God through nature. We are always seeking to remove barriers and distractions so that guests can be focused on what God wants to do in their lives while on site with us.

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Christian Renewal:
Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so you can figure out what God’s will is – what is good and pleasing and mature. –Romans 12:2

We desire for people to be renewed in Jesus Christ. The world is full of distractions. Maybe our guests and campers have hit a plateau in their faith. Maybe they have started to fall away from faith all together. Asbury Hills seeks to create an environment that reflects Christian fellowship and community. We want to create an environment where it is easier to be a Christian. Unfortunately, we understand that people cannot stay at Asbury Hills forever. Hikers, campers, and retreats guests will have to return to their normal lives – complete with all the distractions they left behind. But our goal is that by creating the atmosphere of Christian community and temporarily removing the distractions, we have allowed time for our guests to be renewed in Christ and ready to take on the world again.

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One Year of Blogging

It was almost one year ago today that Asbury Hills started this blog.  We wanted a better way to connect with you – to tell stories, share information, or even just share a quote and a picture.  We had no idea it would take off the way it has with 2,148 followers and thousands of monthly views.  The best part of blogging though is getting to hear from you!  We love seeing you share our stories around Facebook & Twitter and being able to read the emails you send us asking for more information or sharing your opinion.  So for the next year, we ask you to keep them coming!

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And if you’ve missed out, here are our top 5 viewed blog posts from the past year.

1. 10 Questions with Asbury Hills Director David Rouse

2. Because I Went to Camp: Sarah’s Story

3. Happy Staff Equals Happy Campers

4. But Why? The Closed-Toe Shoe Rule

5. Asbury Hills – More Fun Than Disney World

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Creating the Perfect S’more

There isn’t anything more quintessentially camp than a s’more.  And it is usually around this time that I start going through s’more withdrawal after having them readily available each week during the summer.  Here’s how to make them at home.

Ingredients:
Marshmallow (full-size)
Chocolate Bar
Graham Crackers

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Step 1: Break graham crackers and chocolate bars in half.  They should fit together nicely.

Step 2: Roast marshmallows.  There is some debate on how to do this correctly.  I like mine evenly toasted and brown.  It takes some patience to get it right but is well worth the wait.  Others prefer theirs burnt to a crisp.  It’s really up to you at this point but make a campfire to roast the marshmallow.  It really adds to the experience and makes for an authentic taste.

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In a pinch, you can microwave the marshmallows on High for 10-15 seconds.  Watch them closely however because they can go from warm, gooey, and delicious to completely burnt very quickly.

Step 3: Assemble the s’more.  Best order goes 1/2 graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow, 1/2 graham cracker and squish together.

Step 4: Enjoy!

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Want even more s’more ideas this fall?  Check out these ideas.

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Climb the Alpine Tower

The staff here at Asbury Hills are having a blast planning for Summer Camp 2015 and getting to serve tons of retreat groups.  One of our favorite activities for both campers and retreat guests is the Alpine Tower.  Now, we understand that some of you reading this are too far away to travel to Asbury Hills for our annual Fall Festival on November 1st to try it for yourself.  We also understand that some of you are terrified of heights and simply putting on the harness is pushing you outside your comfort zone.  So whether you have already climbed the Alpine Tower, wish to climb, or can’t imagine climbing it – here is your opportunity to virtually climb the tower.

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